ETOBICOKE, ON, April 16, 2015 /CNW/ - Seniors in Etobicoke will benefit from financial support for a local organization that helps reduce social isolation. The announcement was made today by the Honourable Peter Van Loan, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Member of Parliament for York–Simcoe, and Bernard Trottier, Member of Parliament for Etobicoke–Lakeshore, on behalf of the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors).
Through the New Horizons for Seniors Program, the Tibetan Canadian Cultural Centre will receive over $24,000. The funding will be used to organize activities for local seniors, such as a weekend "Sharing Lunch" program for youth and seniors that will provide an opportunity for intergenerational engagement and increase the social inclusion of local seniors. Other activities include yoga classes, storytelling circles and local trips.
Under the New Horizons for Seniors Program, up to $25,000 in grant funding can be provided to eligible organizations for community-based projects that are led or inspired by seniors. Since 2006, the New Horizons for Seniors Program has funded more than 13,000 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada.
Today's announcement is one example of what the Government is doing to help Canadians. To help hard-working families, the Government is also enhancing the Universal Child Care Benefit, introducing the Family Tax Cut and making improvements to the Child Care Expenses Deduction and the Children's Fitness Tax Credit.
- Economic Action Plan 2014 increased funding for the New Horizons for Seniors Program by $5 million, for a total of $50 million annually.
- Since 2006, $2.8 billion in annual tax relief has been provided to seniors and pensioners.
- Minister Wong released the Government of Canada Action for Seniors report in September 2014. The report is a new information resource highlighting federal programs and services that can be accessed by seniors, their families and caregivers. It was created in collaboration with more than 22 federal departments and agencies. The report can be found on Canada.ca/Seniors.
- The Universal Child Care Benefit would increase from $100 to $160 per month (totaling up to $1,920 per year) for children under the age of 6, and parents would receive a new benefit of $60 per month (up to $720 per year) for each child aged 6 through 17.
"Our Government is proud to support seniors in communities across Canada through lowering taxes and investing in meaningful initiatives such as the New Horizons for Seniors Program. By partnering with local organizations, we can help seniors stay active, engaged and informed."
– The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors)
"Our Government recognizes the valuable contribution seniors have made to our society and the economy. By supporting projects like the one with the Tibetan Canadian Cultural Centre, we are ensuring that seniors, including those in Etobicoke, maintain a good quality of life and can continue to be active members of their communities."
– The Honourable Peter Van Loan, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Member of Parliament for York–Simcoe
"Through the New Horizons for Seniors Program, our Government is partnering with the Tibetan Canadian Cultural Centre to support seniors in Etobicoke. With initiatives like this one, we will continue to meet the needs of seniors, now and into the future."
– Bernard Trottier, Member of Parliament for Etobicoke–Lakeshore
"We are very honoured to receive funding from the New Horizons for Seniors Program. The funding will help us create excellent programming for our seniors, who are the major stakeholders of our centre."
– Tsering Tsomo, President of the Tibetan Canadian Cultural Centre
The New Horizons for Seniors Program is a federal grants and contributions program that supports projects led or inspired by seniors who make a difference in the lives of others and their communities. Through the program, the Government of Canada encourages seniors to share their knowledge, skills and experiences to the benefit of others. New Horizons for Seniors Program funding is targeted to community-based projects, pan-Canadian projects and pilot projects that focus on issues such as social isolation and intergenerational learning.
Community-based project funding supports activities that engage seniors and address one or more of the program's five objectives: volunteering, mentoring, expanding awareness of elder abuse, social participation and capital assistance. These projects are eligible to receive up to $25,000 per year per organization in grant funding.
Through the New Horizons for Seniors Program 2014–2015 Call for Proposals, over 1,850 community-based projects were approved.
Pan-Canadian projects provide support to help seniors protect themselves from elder abuse, including financial abuse and fraud abuse. These projects enable community members to better recognize elder abuse in all its forms and improve the quality of life, safety and security of seniors. Projects focus on developing tools, resources and promising practices that can be adapted and shared across communities, regions or Canada. These projects are eligible to receive up to $750,000 in funding for up to three years.
Pilot project funding provides support to help address seniors' isolation by establishing better social support networks and resources, and initiating community interventions. It also supports intergenerational learning projects that help seniors develop new interests and share their knowledge and experience with others. These pilot projects are receiving up to $100,000 in federal funding, 50 percent of which is being matched with funding from other sources, over a maximum of 24 months.
For more information on the New Horizons for Seniors Program, visit Canada.ca/Seniors.
SOURCE Employment and Social Development Canada
For further information: Justin Wood, Office of the Minister of State (Seniors), 613-852-3761; Media Relations Office, Employment and Social Development Canada, 819-994-5559, [email protected]